Chivas USA's Eric Avila has spent seven seasons playing in Major League Soccer, but 2014 looks to be his last as he prepares for a winter transfer move to Mexico.
Avila has been sold by Chivas USA to Santos Laguna in a deal worth approximately $500,000, sources with knowledge of the deal confirmed to Goal USA on Thursday. Avila will join Santos Laguna in January for the Clausura season after he finishes out the 2014 MLS season with Chivas USA.
Avila, 26, was drafted in 2008 by FC Dallas, where he spent four seasons before joining Toronto FC for two more campaigns. He joined Chivas USA midway through the 2013 season in a trade that sent Nick LaBrocca to the Colorado Rapids, who had acquired Avila's rights in the MLS Re-Entry Draft.
A former U.S. youth national team player, Avila was originally set to be transferred to Chivas Guadalajara last season, but the move was called off in June of 2013 due to what sources tell Goal USA were concerns about Chivas USA unloading too many players. Back in 2011, Avila was close to a loan move to Atlas, only to have that deal fall through as well.
Santos Laguna is off to a good start to the 2014 Apertura campaign in Liga MX, currently sitting in fourth place.